Robert Surtees (cinematographer)

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Robert Surtees
Born (1906-08-09)August 9, 1906
Covington, Kentucky, USA
Died January 5, 1985(1985-01-05) (aged 78)
Monterey, California, USA
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1931–1978
Known for The Bad and the Beautiful
The Graduate
King Solomon's Mines
The Last Picture Show
Same Time, Next Year
The Sting
Summer of '42
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
The Turning Point
Quo Vadis

Robert L. Surtees, A.S.C. (August 9, 1906 – January 5, 1985) was an American cinematographer who won Academy Awards three times, for the films King Solomon's Mines, The Bad and the Beautiful and the 1959 version of Ben Hur.


Robert L. Surtees began working in Hollywood as assistant cameraman to Gregg Toland, A.S.C. in the late 1920s, before moving to Germany for several years, eventually returning to Hollywood. He became one of the most accomplished cinematographers in motion pictures. His credits include Ben-Hur (1959), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), The Graduate (1967), The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970), The Last Picture Show (1971), Summer of '42 (1971), The Sting (1973), A Star is Born (1976) and Same Time, Next Year (1978).

His son Bruce was also a cinematographer.

Academy Award nominations[edit]

Robert L. Surtees was nominated for Best Cinematography [1] for:


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